• Dec 16, 2007
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UPDATE:
The 2009 GMC Terrain will be a new, Jeep Liberty-sized vehicle and not the Middle East version with the same name shown above. Details here.

With the Torrent dropped from Pontiac's long-term plans as the brand returns its focus to performance-oriented cars, GM appears to already know how and where it'll replace the small crossover. The answer was apparently unveiled back in November when GMC introduced the Terrain in Kuwait. Like the Saturn Vue, the GMC Terrain is essentially a badge-engineered Opel Antara; and it's reportedly coming to the US, according to an Automotive News report that's set to hit the wires tomorrow. Due as a 2009 model, the Terrain will be GMC's first foray into the compact SUV CUV segment. As you can see above, the division's branding looks right at home on the Vue/Antara bodywork. The long-in-the-tooth Chevy Equinox can't be hanging around much longer, either, and while GM has denied plans to do so in the past, we've got to believe the Chevy Captiva version of the Antara is waiting in the wings to carry the Equinox moniker forward. At least we hope that's the case.

[Source: All Cars All The Time]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      man i was hoping that all of gm's brands cept chevy, cadillac, and saturn (gmc, pointiac, buick, & saab) would shrink their lineups. to like 3-5 cars. GMC already has it's yukons, acadias, & sierras. now the XUT and THIS?? i say give that vue to pontiac kuzz the only small truck GMC could need is a small pickup/crossover
      • 7 Years Ago
      Congratz to Pontiac and GM. They have all these companies and finally putting the vehicles where they need to go!
      • 7 Years Ago
      No. No. No.

      The story is all wrong.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Pontiac does not need the Torrent and it was a mistake that they created it in the first place. I always said that it should have been a GMC to begin with and it finally looks like GM agrees with that thought. Good job GM! Chevy and GMC are utility based, Pontiac is (some what) performance based... they will soon gain traction with the G8.
      • 7 Years Ago
      If the suspensions are tuned differently, the interiors are different and the styling is somewhat different, does it still still qualify as badge engineering?

      Because if those changes still qualify as badge engineering, then how are GM's vehicles any different than Toyota / Lexus or Nissan / Infiniti? A Sequoia by any other name is a GX470. Where's the huge difference between an Armada / QX56?
        • 7 Years Ago
        The Sequoia doesn't have any other name. The GX470 is based on the 4Runner.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I guess there are varying degrees of "badge engineering".

      • 5 Years Ago
      The Terrain is just a copy of the Chevy Captiva from India/Korea. It started out as a Daewoo Windstorm in Korea in 2006.
      • 7 Years Ago
      "Due as a 2009 model, the Terrain will be GMC's first foray into the compact SUV segment."

      So what do you call the S15 Jimmy? It was by all means, a compact SUV. On a compact truck frame to boot.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Yeah, you're right. I should have called it a CUV, since that's what the thing really is (by the current standard, at least). SUV, CUV, SAV, SAC...the alphabet soup is officially ridiculous regarding what all would have simply been called SUVs before it stopped being PC.
        • 7 Years Ago
        and why isnt the crossover called a XUV and the compact called the CUV, the SUV could be a F/UV and ...

        or better yet, call the XUV a jacked up station wagon and anything with 4WD and truck-level towing capability and SUV and be done with it.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I agree about all the acronyms. It's crazy these days.
      • 7 Years Ago
      What about the Vibe?
        far jr
        • 7 Years Ago
        I guess the Vibe is still considered a car with Pontiac the same as Toyota who lumps Matrix sales in with the Corolla. It would make sense for Vibe to leave Pontiac in the next re-do. But where would it go? Will Chevy get the next version? I cannot see GM just walking away from it's investment in NUMMI.
        • 7 Years Ago
        This is simple. The Nummi venture was never limited to making just one brand of vehicle as they used to make the Prizm which was a Geo then a Chev. The Vibe could be restyled to fit any other brand if needed. That or just end the venture as it seems GM does not need to learn from Toyota any more.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I hope it doesn't end up looking like that.
      Its basically a re-badged Vue, and I thought GM was straying away from re-badges.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I agree; they have been doing much better lately, and doing this would just be their old way of doing things.
      Chris
      • 7 Years Ago
      I think GM should give this to Buick instead of GMC... I think it would make more sense for Buick to have it than GMC especially seeing how Buick only has 3 models anymore.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The Torrent will be replaced by a GMC model. But it will not be the one pictured.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I believe what you are saying. This version would be a total rebadge and would face harsh criticism. What they are saying may be true that Pontiac is losing the Torrent and GMC is getting the replacement, they did not say it was this overseas version. It appears there is still some speculation at this point as nothing has been formally announced.
      far jr
      • 7 Years Ago
      This doesn't look bad. It is actually better looking IMO than the Saturn VUE, plus GM will reach more people with through GMC dealers than saturn dealers. Look at Acadia vs. Outlook.

      The Chevy Captiva version isn't bad looking either. It does however have much in common with the VUE and this GMC Terrain in the looks department. I hope they keep the seven seat version when it comes to the US.

      Where will production take place? Beside the VUE in Mexico? Or will the Equinox/Torrent plant be re-tooled?
        • 7 Years Ago
        @far jr
        Word around my neck of the woods (Southern Ontario) is it'll be built at the Cami plant that currently builds the Equinox/Torrent in Ingersoll. Last week they talked about laying off a few hundred workers to retool the plant for an upcoming vehicle which would be announced at a later date. I would assume its this CUV.
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